Ability doesn’t appear to be a problem with Vikings first-round draft pick Christian Darrisaw. Durability might be another matter as the 23rd overall pick will be unable to line up at left tackle for a fifth time in his first 12 NFL games.
Darrisaw, who suffered an ankle injury in last week’s loss to the 49ers, was ruled out of Sunday’s game at Detroit on Friday. Also out are running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and safety Cam Bynum (ankle). Questionable are cornerback Mackensie Alexander (ribs) and linebackers Eric Kendricks (biceps) and Anthony Barr (hamstring/knee). All three were listed as limited in practice Friday, indicating they are likely to play.
Fortunately for the Vikings, veteran swing tackle Rashod Hill will be making his 23rd career start, including six this season, against an 0-10-1 Lions team that ranks 29th in sacks per attempt (4.71%) and 29th against the run (133.9 yards per game).
“They have good [pass] rushers,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “They bring some extra pressures. They do a good job with their disguises. We just have to make sure we’re secure with the protections and make sure we’re able to have tight ends chip and things like that.”
Linebacker Charles Harris is the Lions’ sack leader with four. He typically lines up over the right tackle.
Darrisaw missed the first three games after having two groin surgeries before the season. He played one special teams snap in Week 4…